The painful bloating associated with gas is one of the most uncomfortable feelings, especially when you’re at work, school, or have to be in public for some reason. GasX is a great remedy to help relieve the growing sensation in your stomach while preventing you from having to clench your buttocks as you make your way through the store. But if your dog is particularly prone to flatulence, you should use caution before you let them have some of your GasX.
Can I Give My Dog Gas X?
Gas X is relatively safe for dogs, but you should still talk to your vet before you give it. While it may look like gas to you, there could be a more serious underlying issue that GasX won’t treat. GasX is comprised of a drug called simethicone, which is used in both adults and babies to treat painful gas and its associated bloating. It helps break down the gas accumulating in the stomach and intestines for an effective method of treatment that’s relatively quick.
How Much GasX Can I Give My Dog?
Simethicone is usually given at 1-2 mg/lb of body weight every 8 hours. GasX comes in a few different forms, but you should avoid giving the dissolvable strips because it’s harder to give your dog an accurate dose, plus the strips have a lot of added flavoring and sugar to make them palatable.
GasX for Bloating?
It’s important to know there’s a difference between gas and actual bloat, which is a serious medical condition called gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV). This occurs when a dog’s stomach fills with air and then flips over on itself. Actual bloat/GDV is 100% fatal if the dog isn’t treated by a veterinarian, usually with surgery. Deep chested breeds like Great Danes, standard poodles, and labradors are the most common breeds to get GDV, but no dog is completely immune. If you suspect your dog has GDV, don’t wait or try treat them at home. While gas causes bloating, GDV is not a product of intestinal gas. GasX won’t do anything to help your dog out of GDV, and you should avoid giving them any kind of medication until they have a proper diagnosis from your vet.
What Can I Give My Dog for Gas Relief?
If your dog has chronic gas, it’s probably because of their diet. Cheap dog foods have higher amounts of corn and cheap fillers than meat, so it’s not uncommon for your dog to have very smelly, frequent gas. The best way to relieve the gas is to put them on a better food. High quality foods are made mostly of meat, which is easier on the digestive tract, thus reducing the amount of gas they have.
Probiotic supplements have also shown to be effective in gas relief. Gas is sometimes a byproduct of the intestinal flora being unbalanced. The bacteria is essential for helping break down food with minimal waste products (i.e. gas). If your dog has been ill or had a round of antibiotics, it’s possible their flora is unbalanced with more bad than good bacteria. You can add plain yogurt back into their diet, just avoid the yogurts with added sugar or flavoring. Simply mix a couple tablespoons into their food every day until you see an improvement in their digestion. You can purchase probiotic pills or powders over the counter, too, or from your veterinarian. You’ll notice a huge difference in the amount of gas they have and even in the frequency and consistency of their stools.
Purchasing OTC GasX
If you can’t find GasX, you can look for other over the counter medications with the very same ingredients. Mylicon is an oral liquid that’s given to infants, so it’s free of alcohol and low in sugar. Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops and PediaCare Infants’ Gas Relief are two more liquid forms made for babies. Mylanta Gas chewable tablets are safe for dogs as long as it’s only active ingredient is simethicone. Phazyme is an oral capsule that can be safe for dogs but it’s harder to dose properly.
When your vet agrees that all your dog has is a simple case of gas, then you can treat them with simethicone. The drug is safe for your dog, hard to overdose them on, and relatively effective. Just use it with caution and if your dog’s gas turns chronic, seek the advice of your vet for the real reason why your dog is having so much flatulence.